Abu Dhabi’s first International Conference on Philosophy and Ethics concludes on high note

Experts call for inclusion of philosophy & ethics in school curricula to better connect with the youth

Abu Dhabi’s first International Conference on Philosophy and Ethics concludes on high note

Abu Dhabi on November 23, 2022

The first International Conference on Philosophy and Ethics held in Abu Dhabi concluded on a high note with prominent local and international scholars in attendance, putting forward key recommendations that seek to enhance the standards of philosophical discourse in the academe and the growth of philosophy as a field of study in the Arab world.

Organized by the Center for Philosophical Studies at Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities, the conference provided a platform for leading experts to present the latest research and insights on philosophy and ethics, as well as strengthened the university’s position as a leading international center for philosophical studies.

Participants expressed appreciation to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates for its continued support towards enhancing cultural and scientific initiatives and lauded the university’s efforts in developing philosophy as a field of study by introducing the world’s first academic program on Philosophy and Ethics.

Conference highlights included recommendations from experts on how to approach and tackle ethical issues in philosophy, as well as suggesting that both philosophy and ethics be included in the school curricula to help students gain a better grasp of the subject at an early age. The proposal will, in the process, contribute to strengthening the intellectual capabilities and cultural sensibilities of young people, as well as develop their critical thinking and analysis. These initiatives will pave the way for the youth to connect not only with philosophy but also with leading philosophical minds in the region and around the world.

Conference delegates were also unanimous in calling for increased allocation of research grants on philosophy and ethics as well as organizing more conferences and lectures focusing on the subject in collaboration with prestigious international universities.

During the conference, participants further recommended that next year’s edition of the event focus in the theme, “Philosophy as a Means for Social and Scientific Advancement”, stressing the need to establish philosophy as a key pillar and driver social and scientific development. The conference recommendations also included the establishment of a review panel for the study of ethics and contemporary ethical problems within the framework of the Center for Philosophical Studies at Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities.

Commenting the success of the event, His Excellency Dr. Khaled Al-Yabhouni Al-Dhaheri, Chancellor of Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities, said “The conference successfully achieved its scientific, intellectual and philosophical objectives. Gathering the world’s leading philosophical experts and scholars from around the world to discuss the growth of philosophy as a field of study in this part of the world is a key milestone. Even more importantly, the insights they shared, and the recommendations eventually put forward will contribute significantly to enhance research and studies in philosophy and ethics, as well as pave the way for a critical review of the interrelations between philosophy, religion and ethics, while also strengthening the university’s initiatives in these fields.”

Dr. Al Dhaheri affirmed the university’s determination to ensure that the recommendations will be followed through and implemented on the ground, as well as expressed the university’s appreciation to all the participants for their invaluable contributions.

Among the highlights of the second day of the conference were the presentation of the latest research on philosophy and ethics.

The first session, chaired by Dr. Muhammad Al-Shehhi, Director General of the Al-Ziber Cultural Foundation in Oman, included several presentations from leading international experts and researchers on a wide range of topics, such as Virtue between Aristotle and Ibn Rushd byDr. Maryam Al-Sayed, a professor at the Sorbonne University in Paris; an expert on the history of ancient and medieval Arabic philosophy from Tunisia; The Aesthetic Dimension of Ethics by Dr. Abd al-Ali Ma’zouz, a professor at Hassan II University in Morocco;; Human Nature and the Question of the Creator in the British Enlightenment by Dr. Ahmed Al-Qasili, professor at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes; and The Teleological Aspect of the Kantian Ethics of Duty by Dr. Muhammad Munadi Al-Idrisi, professor of higher education at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Fez.

Meanwhile the second session was presided over by Ezz Al-Arab Hakim Bennani, professor of higher education at Sidi Mohamed Bin Abdullah University in Fez, with key presentations by Hassan Al Sherif professor of philosophy at the University of Taibah (Philosophical Dimensions of Applied Ethics); Dr. Sharif Ben Daubeh, professor of philosophy at the University of Algiers (Ethics and the Science of Moral Habits); Dr. Aida Farahat, professor of Islamic Civilization at Sorbonne University in Paris (Ethics of Bergson); Dr. Karen Teliaferro, associate professor at Arizona State University (The Ethical Dimension of the Concepts of “Doxa” and “Initiating Opinion” by Ibn Rushd); and Dr. Ghidan El-Sayed Ali Abdel-Meguid, associate professor of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Beni Suef University in Egypt (Spinoza’s Book of Ethics: An Analytical Critical Reading).

The closing session of the conference was chaired by Dr. Benasser Al-Bazati, professor of philosophy of Science at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, with research papers presented by Dr. Muhammad Mahjoub bin Bayyah, professor of Fundamentals of Jurisprudence and Concepts at the Al-Muwatta Center (The Human Common and Translation Concepts); Dr. Saeed Ali Obaid, associate professor of Philosophy at Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities (Problem of Animal Awareness – a Study in Environmental Ethics); Dr. Fahd Suleiman Al Shugairan, a Saudi researcher and thinker, consultant and member of the editorial board at Al-Mesbar Center for Studies and Research (the Present and Future of Philosophy in the Arab World); Dr. Shaya Al-Waqyan, a member of the Philosophy Society in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (The Phenomenological Foundation of the Objectivity of Moral Judgment);  Dr. Saleh Salem, a faculty member at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University (The Phenomenological Philosophy of Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, and Husserl and its application to Abu Al-Ala Al-Maari); and Dr. Al-Radi Muhammad Radwan, Dean of the Faculty of Dar Al-Uloom, Cairo University, (Renewal in the Teaching of Islamic Philosophy).


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